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On a hot summer day, nothing is as refreshing as a swimming pool. Although often seen as a luxury, they can serve many functions and be well worth the splurge in the right area.
Besides being a nice place to relax and cool off, pools can add much-needed visual interest to your yard — think colorful tiles or a unique water feature.
This is our main custom swimming pools gallery where you can browse hundreds of different swimming pool designs by a variety of builders. Read our extensive “15+ types of swimming pools” below the gallery. Read further and browse photos for more tips on how to make your pool ideas a reality.
Indiana limestone surrounds a Mediterranean-style swimming pool with integrated spa in the yard of a home in the Chicago suburb of Glenview. Designed by Rosebrook Custom Pools, the private outdoor space includes a vine-covered pergola and pool house.
2. Mosaic Magi
To create easy water access without having to walk on the grass, add mosaic tiles. They’re function, and look totally impressive.
A stunning modern home on the Costa Rican Coast features a pool that is spectacularly illuminated by New York-based Patdo Light Studio in blues and oranges.
4. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
If your pool area is next to your garage or anything else unsightly, construct an elevated deck. Looking at cars while you swim isn’t exactly the definition of relaxing.
5. Chestnut Hill Reflection Pool
A steel-reinforced pool features gunite construction and a gray marble plaster interior finish. Designed by Armond Architects, the regeneration area was built with a liner which is finished with river rock.
6. Brighten Up
The easy way to update your pool? Upholstery. Yellow cushions make a pool feel even more summery, and you can swap them out for darker colors in the fall/winter.
7. Inside, Looking Out
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and there is no need to stop when the temperatures drop. EB Mahoney built an enclosed room for a lap pool in a modern Philadelphia home, next to a wall with windows for an experience that is closest to nature.
8. Home On The Range
This ranch house has an underwater bench that runs the length of the 45-foot pool. It’s ideal for dogs to get in and out, or for people to lounge.
A remodel included a pool cabana that replaced an old enclosed back house and a pool with an architectural fountain feature and oversized plant containers. This was a team project that included Key Residential, Pool Environments, Jason Osterberger Designs, and Randy Angell Designs. The cabana includes outdoor ceiling fans and heaters, a built-in mosquito spray system, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with a linear fireplace and hearth that extends to the pool fountain.
10. Stepping Stones
This beach house has a serious wow factor — the living room opens to the pool. If that isn’t enough, coral stepping stones at one end let you literally walk on water.
A modern home in Melbourne, Australia features a beautiful pool built by DDB Design Development & Building with landscape design by COS Designs Creative Outdoor Solutions. Custom-designed blue Bisazza tiles were used for the spa, while white tiles in the pool reflect the sky and can change. White lights are installed in the pool to intensify the blue tiles.
12. Go Rustic
Barn doors open onto the patio from the pool house in the rustic pool of our farmhouse dreams. Now if only we actually owned a farmhouse.
A West Hollywood home gained vertical space and spectacular views in this remodel by Los Angeles-based firm (fer) Studio. The kidney-shaped pool was redesigned with glass mosaic tile and includes a spa and shallow wading pool for lounge furniture.
A nearly 16-foot-high living/dining area opens on three sides, one on the west to a lap pool that is a focal point at night when illuminated. Designed by EYRC Architects, natural vs. technical and rough vs. smooth is played out in materials throughout this Venice, California house.
A modern backyard by Murray Legge Architecture of Austin, Texas includes a pool house with a roof featuring grasses, sedges, and wildflowers native to Central Texas. Mortarless cut Leuders limestone on steel was used for the pool decking, while Bisazza mosaic glass tile covers the pool interior. Stools inside the pool were formed with tubes and gunite.